myFinally a football champion not called Bayern Munich. That's what many fans wanted after eleven years of monotony, at least those who don't wear red, white, and red underwear. A champion not called Bayern Munich seemed to be a guarantee of drama and excitement until the last minute of the match, like last season, only with a different result. This time the champion will probably not be called FC Bayern, something that can be safely predicted. But tension? Drama? When it comes to the title question, the season is more boring than it has been in a long time.

Bayer Leverkusen moves in such lonely and superior circlesthat Bayern's obvious weakness is not that important. And we are surprised to discover that the inhabitants of Munich in the past were not as good as we all believed. The 73 points that Leverkusen have achieved so far have only been surpassed once by Bayern in all the years of their sole government: in the 2013/14 season, when Pep Guardiola was in charge and the Munich team had 77 points ( and at the end of the season it reached 90).

Leverkusen are currently 13 points ahead of Bayern; The record champion has only been able to overcome that lead twice since the 2012/13 season after 27 rounds: of course, in Guardiola's miraculous season with a 25-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund. And in the 2017/18 season, Schalke fans now have to be very brave. At that time, their favorites were 21 points away and, yes, second in the table.

So how good are Leverkusen? Too good for the Bundesliga at the moment, probably also too good for the cup round. The ending will suffer a little from the lack of attention this year, although this now causes outrage in the Palatinate. However, there is quite a lack of suspense, because no one seriously believes that the second division club from Kaiserslautern, which is in danger of relegation, can in any way endanger the hitherto undefeated designated champions. Not even the cup laws themselves will be able to disrupt the world of football in Berlin.

So what's left? The interesting question is whether Leverkusen will manage to remain undefeated for an entire season. And if three days before the cup final there will be a match that would electrify all of Germany. In the worst-case scenario, Leverkusen could face Liverpool FC in the Europa League final on May 22 and it would be Jürgen Klopp's last game for the Reds. And possibly the German champion will face the English champion. There couldn't be a dreamier ending. But who are you crossing your fingers for?










This text comes from the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.





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